Anti-abortion legislators say restrictions like waiting periods and admitting privileges — which have shut down clinics across America — also protect women, ensuring they have a safe procedure without regret. Back in real life, they force women to get illegal abortions that endanger their health and land them in jail.
The status of David Brooks's marriage may have long been a subject of media speculation, but one aspect about his home life has remained relatively unknown: The New York Times columnist has a son who's currently serving in the IDF. Although the fact mostly went under the radar during this summer's conflict in Gaza, Brooks discussed his son's service in a recent Hebrew-language interview with Ha'aretz, raising the inevitable questions about bias and disclosure.
Though we had serious suspicions, we wanted to believe so badly that the story of Jasmine Tridevil, the Tampa woman who claimed to have gotten a third boob implanted in order to appear unattractive to men, was real. But now, a final piece of evidence confirms the whole thing was a hoax.
Yesterday, David Brooks published a column that boiled down to, “Chill out — things aren’t so bad.” Despite the horrible news we’re pummeled with every day, he argued, when you zoom out, the country and the world are on the upswing:
Though often filthy, disgusting, and subject to long, time-consuming, and questionably effective repairs, the subway system is still the best thing about New York. That is, unless you're Bim Adewunmi, a British writer for The Guardian. Adewunmi has found the subway to be an absolute nightmare, because multiple lines of the same color turned her world upside down. "The whole thing resembles a child’s approximation of a city transit system: it makes no sense," she writes in a completely incorrect screed.
Disgraced professional Obama hater Dinesh D'Souza was sentenced today in Manhattan court to five years' probation, including eight months in a "community confinement center," for campaign-finance fraud. The 2016: Obama's America "documentarian" previously pleaded guilty to using straw donors, including his then-married mistress, her husband, and his wife of 20 years, to support his friend from college in a failed senate campaign. He also claimed the charges were probably "a kind of payback" for his criticism of the president.
"I'm not sure, Mr. D'Souza, that you get it," the judge told him today.
What happens when “a reclusive writer who spends hours identifying new constellations in the ceiling paint” agrees to go on an OKCupid date with “a wildly energetic university professor”? Well, if they’re two twentysomethings who share an overly robust sense of whimsy, the date turns into a spontaneous three-week trip around the world, which turns into a Salon essay and then into a big-time Hollywood movie.
When I was a teenager in the early 2000s, my parents gave me a digital camera. I used it to photograph my friends hanging out at school; trying on dresses at the mall; and driving aimless circles around our hometown. You know, teen stuff. At some point, I uploaded the entire archive to Flickr, adding new albums every few weeks as I embarked on college. Eventually, though, my digital life migrated to Facebook and I forgot Flickr completely.
Then, last winter, I found it again.
Fox News deity Bill O'Reilly is "tired of the phony rhetoric surrounding the ISIS terror threat" and doesn't trust that Syrians can handle the job, U.S. training or not, he said on the Factor last night. At the same time, he knows advocating for American troops to take up the fight themselves is extremely unpopular. But O'Reilly, problem solver that he is, has a solution: "elite fighters who would be well paid, well trained to defeat terrorists all over the world." Since that worked so well in Iraq last time around. What we need is more Blackwater.